Τρίτη, 30 Νοεμβρίου 2010

Mali: Rokia Traore - Kele Mandi

...from the previous post...

Traore's musical style, however, has little in common with the griottes. Unlike their signature wailing sound, her voice is smooth and gentle, and her arrangements, while somewhat minimalist, make use of both traditional instruments like the balafon, n'goni, and kora, as well as acoustic guitar and electric bass.

That sound is evident on her debut release Mouneissa, from 1998, but most evident on her 2000 release Wanita. For Wanita, Traore wrote and arranged the entire album, seizing the controls from a male engineer who believed that a young girl was incapable of handling the production of an album. The result shows a deeply personal and individual style which reflects both innovation and tradition.

Rokia Traore also released Bowmboi (2004) and Tchamantche (2008).

In this last part of the short tribute to Rokia Traore, her song has the title "Kele Mandi". Enjoy it!

Σάββατο, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2010

Mali: Rokia Traore - Mouso Niyalen

I decided to remain in this country because i like its music very much.

Well, don't get surprised that i do love the songs of this African country. For everyone who doesn't know it, Mali's sound is close to perfection! For everyone who also doesn't know me, i'm something like the Malian Ambassador here in Greece! That's why i uploaded for tonight one song by another Malian artist who has the name Rokia Traore (born: January 26, 1974).

Rokia Traore's family was both a blessing and a curse for her musical career. Her father was a diplomat and she spent her childhood travelling over several continents, to Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, and France. There she was exposed to a variety of styles of music, from classical, jazz, and pop to Indian traditional composition.

However, her family was also part of Mali's nobility, which has traditional caste prohibitions against their members making music. For her countryman Salif Keita, who was a member of the Manding people, it was an almost insurmountable burden. For Traore, though, the prohibitions were not as strict. The Bamana ethic group did have a musical tradition of their own, especially among women, with performers called griottes travelling to perform at weddings and gatherings... We will continue with the same artist in the next post...

For the time being we enjoy Rokia Traore in an amazing audio! It has the title "Mouso Niyalen"... And don't ever forget it! Mali's sound is close to perfection!

Τετάρτη, 24 Νοεμβρίου 2010

Mali: Habib Koite - Kanawa

I have said it again in the past that one time is never enough! That's why i uploaded another song with the great artist from Mali. It's an audio that is entitled "Kanawa". Enjoy it!









Κυριακή, 21 Νοεμβρίου 2010

Mali: Habib Koite - Batoumambe

I think it was the right moment to visit Africa for another time. Africa? That's OK, but to see whom? The great Malian Habib Koite of course! So, we enjoy this magnificent artist in also a magnificent song!... This time it has the title "Batoumambe".





Πέμπτη, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2010

Spain: Maria Dolores Pradera - Cuando Llora Mi Guitarra

I do love this artist! After a long time of 6 months, i decided to post for her again. Her song this time has the title "Cuando Llora Mi Guitarra".

Maria Dolores Pradera! A true Legend!








Δευτέρα, 15 Νοεμβρίου 2010

The Ventures - 45th Anniversary (part 7)

It's the last part of the Ventures' 45th Anniversary Live! I think that you 'll like it! Just see the video. It's worth!














Παρασκευή, 12 Νοεμβρίου 2010

Manu Chao - Me Gustas Tu






















Manu Chao's Discography

With Mano Negra

* Patchanka (Virgin France, 1988)
* Puta's Fever (Virgin France, 1989)
* King Οf Bongo (Virgin France, 1991)
* In Τhe Hell Οf Patchinko (Live in Japan, Virgin France, 1992)
* Casa Babylon (Virgin France, 1994)

Solo

* Clandestino (Virgin, 1998)
* Proxima Estacion: Esperanza (Virgin, 2001)
* Radio Bemba Sound System (live, Virgin, 2002)
* Siberie Μ'etait Contee (Virgin, 2004)
* La Radiolina (Because/Nacional, 2007)
* Estacion Mexico (Live in Mexico, 2008, limited release)
* Baionarena (Double live CD + DVD), 2009

DVD

* Babylonia En Guagua (2002)
* Mano Negra: Out Of time (2005)
* Manu Chao & Radiobemba: Baionarena (2009)

In the last part of this short tribute to Manu Chao, the song (audio again) has the title "Me Gustas Tu". It belongs to the album "Esperanza" (the cover is in the photo)...

Τρίτη, 9 Νοεμβρίου 2010

Manu Chao - Mentira

Manu Chao (born Jose Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao on June 21, 1961), is a French singer of Spanish origin (Basque and Galician). He sings in French, Spanish, English, Galician, Arabic and Portuguese and occasionally in other languages.

Chao began his musical career in Paris, busking and playing with groups such as "Hot Pants Αnd Los Carayos", which combined a variety of languages and musical styles. With friends and his brother Antoine Chao, he founded the band "Mano Negra" in 1987, achieving considerable success, particularly in Europe. He became a solo artist after its breakup in 1995, and since then tours regularly with his live band, "Radio Bemba".

Manu Chao sings in French, Spanish, Galician, Portuguese, Arabic, English and Wolof, often mixing several languages in the same song. His music has many influences, as punk, rock, French chanson, Iberoamerican salsa, reggae, ska, and Algerian rai. These influences were obtained from immigrants in France, his Iberian connections, and foremost his travels in Mesoamerica as a nomad following the disbanding of Mano Negra. Many of Chao's lyrics talk about immigration, love, living in ghettos and drugs, and often carry a left-wing message...

We 'll continue with the same artist in the next post. For the time being we have a very nice audio of him which is entitled "Mentira". It belongs to the album "Clandestino" (the cover is in the photo)...

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